VIO, police caution tricycle riders on reckless driving
Tricycle and motorcycle a.k.a okada riders have been warned against plying one-way and overtaking heavy vehicles to avoid the high rate of accidents recorded on roads.
The warning was given during a workshop and sensitisation programme on ‘Riders and Passengers Safety in Our Roads’ organised by the Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP) in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps, National Union of Road Transport Workers and other partners held in Ifako-Ijaye Local Government Council, Lagos.
Speaking at the workshop, the representative of the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), Abdulfatai Ali stressed that okada and tricycle riders contribute most of the accidents witnessed on Lagos roads as they go against traffic laws in order to get to their destination on time. He said they engage in reckless driving as they also risk the lives of their passengers by overtaking heavy vehicles that carry containers, tankers among others, which could lead to accidents and loss of lives.
Also speaking, Divisional Police Officer, Red House, Iju, SP Nkiruka Ugwu, represented by Crime Officer, Iju Police Division, Akeem Areh said all road users, regardless of their status must obey traffic rules and regulations. She said about 90 percent of road accidents are caused by negligence of okada and tricycle riders, describing drivers that ply one-way route as psychiatric patients embarking on suicide.
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